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All Booked Up...

Happy New Year!  I hope 2013 brings you peace, health and happiness for you and your family.  

It's the first of the month (and the first of the year!) which means it's time for our monthly Papertrey Ink Sr DT challenge.  We are once again pulling out an older set and giving it new life with new project ideas.  This month we are featuring All Booked Up.  I don't know about your family, but we definitely spend more time indoors doing things like reading this time of year.  All Booked Up is the perfect set for creating cards and gifts for this time of year.  

For my project today I created a card and bookmark, complete with a pretty wrapping.  The perfect simple gift to tuck in a card.  I'll show you an easy way to create a clip-style bookmark using pretty much any die in your collection.  

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The wrapping for my bookmark is a medium-size glassine bag topped off with a Mat Stack 6 diecut folded in half and stamped with a rose image from The Sweet Life.  

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Inside is the bookmark which is held in place by a tabbed card which I created with the Card Base-ics #1 die (trimmed down slightly to fit inside the glassine bag).  The bookmark was created using the Limitless Layers 3 1/2" Oval dies as the base and the clip portion was cut using a Sweet Life die (more about that in a bit).  The tabs on the Card Base-ics die are the perfect size to hold my oval bookmark in place.  Along the bottom of the card I stamped a sentiment from the All Booked Up set.  The "Let me save your spot" sentiment stamped directly on the bookmark is also from All Booked Up.

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You can see from this photo that only a portion of the rose has been diecut so that it can be clipped on the page of a book....

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...like this.  I used a simple diecutting technique that makes this easy as pie.  

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I started with my oval diecut (patterned paper layered over a thin chipboard to make my bookmark extra sturdy), then I partially cut the rose from the center of tho oval.  I positioned my die and my plates as shown in the photo below so that only the portion of the die that's between the plates will cut.  The rest will remain intact.  You could use this method with pretty much any dies to create bookmarks with any theme or style.  I'm thinking kiddy bookmarks for Christmas next year using the TT: Holiday dies would be so cute! (crossing my fingers for dies for the TT: Valentines too!)  ETA:  OOps!  Turns out we already HAVE TT: Valentine dies - it's TT: Holiday that we don't have dies for yet...color me confused.  :-) 

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And lastly my card...just a simple card using the book image from All Booked up and one of the sentiments from the set as well, along with a cluster of roses from The Sweet Life.  

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The whole gray and pink color scheme of this project was inspired by an old book I found at a thrift store a while back.  

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Well, that's all for today's project.  I hope you're having a great day.  I am about ready to wrap up the holiday festivities and get back into a normal routine!  We've had a wonderful holiday week here and I hope you have too.  If you're in the mood for more inspiration to pull out your All Booked Up set today (or maybe break down and purchase one - ha!) you can visit the other DT gals to see what they've created using this set...

Melissa Phillips
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Nichole Heady
Maile Belles 

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